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January 1 . Issue #71

Happy New Year 2021

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892)

Welcome to another year. And hoping this year is far better than the one we say adios to. This week I share with you 5 things that I found interesting and I hope you may find some interest in as well.

1. The big news for me this week, my book Samba in Brazil is complete and has been uploaded to the printers.

Pre-orders are available through Amazon.com. We have a limited number of Samba in Brazil books available and they are at a special pre-order price, but only for a limited time. The official release date is February 21, 2021.

2. The joy of Christmas lingers in the hearts of many people, even though lots of them were doing a virtual Christmas. This was a first for me, not celebrating with my family and friends, and it brought back memories of my childhood Christmas.

3. I started a new book, a fantasy series by Lian Hearn, Grass For His Pillow. A book where the swords have names. My kind of book.

There are a couple of books I read over and over again. One of them is The Beloved, Reflections on the Path of the Heart by Kahil Gibran and the other, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.

I always seem to get something new out of these books on each reading. “In all paths, there are some things which can be learned only as one delves deeper and deeper.” Musashi

4. This Christmas eve I spent time watching ballet, “The Nutcracker” a Christmas tradition in our family.

My Christmas present to my wife Nina, which was purchased way before lockdown, a Bobby McFerrin concert at Koerner Hall, in Toronto. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled, rescheduled to this time next year. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” McFerrin

5. New Year’s Eve for me has usually been about dining out and celebrating the arrival of a new year in a quiet, peaceful and loving manner.

This year we are locked down and television will be the entertainment of choice. We watched a fun movie, a comedy and we ordered take-out from one of our fave Japanese restaurants, complemented with a fantastic pinot grigio wine.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going. Happy New Year!

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December 25 . Issue #70

Merry Christmas – Happy Kwanzaa – Happy Holidays

To One And All

 

Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This weeks 5 things that interested me and I thought might interest you.

 

1. This week has been all about working on the new book. Co-ordinating with the team, and you know you have to have a team to put out a book.

Consultants, editors, designers, translators and others, including the illustrator. The illustrator, Joshua Miller, the most important person when the book is an illustrated picture book. Gratitude to my team, thank you for all of your help and guidance.

2. To manage the stress and the excitement of a new project it’s always nice to practice Yoga. The Yoga book that I keep coming back to for inspiration is The Yoga Bible, the definitive guide to Yoga postures, by Christina Brown.

Some other Yoga books to inspire, including my reference, the aforementioned Yoga Bible, can be found on the Sports Fitness Advisor site.

3. I will be taking a break from work and from working out for one week during the holidays. And then a forced government lockdown for another month. A perfect time for catching up on some reading.

I have started reading The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, a book that asks the question; Who are you really? Michael A. Singer speaks with Tami Simon of Sounds True podcasts in this mindful interview that is directly related to COVID-19.

Iai-do or Japanese Swordsmanship is a passion of mine, something that I have trained in since 1990. I have a few Japanese swords, one is for practice, one for cutting targets and an old one for admiring. Some youtube videos of me performing sword maintenance.

A sword book that I am presently reading, The Unfettered Mind, Writings From a Zen Master To A Master Swordsman by Takuan Soho, Translated by William Scott Wilson.

4. This week I spent more time in the kitchen, baking Christmas cookies and banana loaf. I picked one of my favourite cookies, Triple Nut Biscotti, recipe from my cousin Rosemary Molloy, author of the fantastic cookbook, Authentic Italian Desserts.

Rosemary is a food blogger and author of two cookbooks she lives in Italy and she has a site with wonderful authentic Italian recipes, An Italian in My Kitchen. Thank you, cousin.

5. Give me a shout out (info@paulyanuziello.com) if you are interested in ARC’s, Advanced Reader Copies of my new book, Samba in Brazil. All you have to do is agree to provide an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. I’ll send you a link to download the book so you can read it on your device.

The official release date of Samba in Brazil, February. 24, 2021 and it is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Thank you for reading, stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going. We’ll be back in 2021 with more sharing.

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November 6 . Issue #63

In this weeks newsletter, birthdays, elections, holiday books and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. I have joined a book promotion and it starts this week. E-Books on sale. “The Children’s Books Holiday Sale”  a group of award-winning authors offering our books on sale for a limited time.

Holiday Sale

 

2.  Our friends south of the border have an exciting election happening this week. Thoughts and Prayers that a winner will eventually be declared.

And all I can do is listen to the blues, especially: Sugar Blue.

3. My granddaughter Leila turned 2 years old, we celebrated her birthday on November 2, 2020. What a party!

Innocence, that is what you find with a 2-year-old. I got to hang out with this incredible human being for a wee bit.

We raked up piles of leaves – then I taught her an important lesson. How to roll in the leaves and throw them at each other.

Her excitement at this newly found joyful experience had her laughing uproariously. Literally rolling in the leaves.

4. A couple of firsts for me, not including my adventure with Leila. This week I was up at the crack of dawn; on a Sunday; when I should have gained an hour; back to standard time; hopefully for the last time; so that I could attend a virtual write-in for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). A fun, pen to the paper approach to creative writing. My goal 50,000 words (this month). I am looking forward to hanging with my writing crew, every Sunday through November.

The second, first for me, sending a manuscript to a publisher. I completed a fun story about an injured bumblebee and the squirrel who nurses her back to health. I am looking for a publisher to give the story that little extra exposure that I believe this story of love, compassion, empathy and friendship deserves.

5. My creative writing course is happening and it’s a hit. As of this week, it will be halfway completed. The attendees will have their short stories well underway. The inspiration – A Celebration.

The young authors are encouraged to write about a celebration, 800 to 1,000 words of creative writing. Upon completion, they may enter the Celebration Creative Writing Contest. The winners receive a fantastic prize and a chance to be published.

If you want me to entertain your group, please get in touch. I am booked November 19th at East Gwillimbury Public Library, Storytelling for Children. A little twist on my Kindle Creativity children’s workshop.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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